I was just watching Taufik Hidayat playing Peter Gade, the commentator said at the start "we can expect to see a lot of delay and deception" and that was true from the first return of service, Gade delaying and making a tight net shot. Later in the match Hidayat played a great winner, a flat cross-court drive, and the commentator said "wonderful, Taufik left it to the last moment and then that little flick sent Peter completely the wrong way". But I have heard this (knowledgeable) commentator and other commentators as well as coaches say that it is important to hit the shuttle early. Sometimes I want to hit the shuttle early to take time away from opponents, but quite often I want to leave it late to deceive opponents. I am mostly an instinctive player, I have been playing very casually for many years without ever having any coaching or instruction, now I am trying to improve my standard and my understanding of the game. So I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about hitting early versus delay and deception.